tenrec

noun
ten·​rec | \ ˈten-ˌrek How to pronounce tenrec (audio) \

Definition of tenrec

: any of numerous small often spiny mammalian insectivores (family Tenrecidae) chiefly of Madagascar

Examples of tenrec in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tailless tenrec of Madagascar has litters of up to 32, according to the IUCN, while the naked mole rat has an average of 28. Liz Langley, National Geographic, 8 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of tenrec

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenrec

French, from Malagasy tàndraka

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“Tenrec.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenrec. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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